Konami game design contest

Konami game design contest

by mi-chi on 01-11-2021, 18:16
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It seems as if the trend of the recent years in the huge success of retro-style games with hand-drawn (or -alike) pixel art, mainly driven by a rising number of passionate independent game developers has reached a level to convince some management to test new - or rather - *old* terrain and build on that.

Konami is now attempting a promising path after a series of (supposedly homemade) setbacks in its game development department during the past years, starting with the unexpected cancellation of a work-in-progress title in the Silent Hill franchise, the split from the Kojima Productions Studio, negative publicity in their treatment of workers, and the latest release- and PR-disaster with the launch of the new eFootball series.

A contest is now held by Konami in cooperation with Shueisha Game Creators CAMP, a platform to gather creators, artists and developers and helping them to team up for creating new games. The challenge is about presenting a game plan to create a new game based on classic Konami IPs (intellectual properties) in the form of remakes, sequels, or creating new stories based on characters from old games in cross-overs and even merging of different worlds.
The CAMP's website shows a list of the series that are allowed for the contest:

  • Ganbare Goemon series
  • Yie Ar Kung-Fu series
  • Gradius series
  • Star Soldier series
  • Twin Bee series
  • Various single action titles
  • Various single shoot-em-up titles

The official start of the campaign was September 30, 2021 and runs until January 6, 2022. The initial reviewing of the documents shall be completed by end of January. In the second round of the review, interviews with the best candidates will be conducted, and participants are allowed to send in images, videos and demos to further express their vision. A third round is planned to start around July, with the final results being expected by September. The results of the rounds will be publicly announced at the end of each round on the Shueisha Game Creators CAMP website.

If Konami finds that the plan has the potential for a commercialization of the project, they will reward that idea monetarily with a prize of 2 million yen and is planning to invest another 30 million yen for the development and realization of the project. In addition to that, they are offering support to the winning team by providing access to their infrastructure and services to make the production in a quality for which Konami is undisputedly well known - for decades.

Many people who are old enough to remember the Konami classics are coming to an age where things that bring back good memories from their childhood are very welcome, and are also willing (and can afford) to support such development. From that perspective, this is a brilliant move, and definitely something that many of us wished since the "official" MSX era ended in the 90s: Konami continuing to do what they could do best.

And, who knows, maybe a certain H. Kojima is participating in that contest...

Shueisha Inc. is a large Japanese publisher for print and digital media.
Konami is known to most of us for being a game developer for MSX since the very early days of the system.

Relevant link: Shueisha Game Creators CAMP web page
Relevant link: Youtube trailer

Comments (8)

By defdanny

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01-11-2021, 19:56

This is a nice newspost, thanks Mi-Chi.
And Knightmare (series?) is also on the list.

By Manuel

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01-11-2021, 21:27

Relevo's Snowboarding game cane to mind Smile

By st1mpy

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01-11-2021, 23:04

In the rules it says you need to be a resident in Japan...

By Latok

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01-11-2021, 23:41

Nice to see they didn't forget games like quarth, space manbow and knightmare. Cool contest!

By JohnHassink

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02-11-2021, 20:02

st1mpy wrote:

In the rules it says you need to be a resident in Japan...

For what reason? Administrative, organizing, logistics?

By st1mpy

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02-11-2021, 20:32

It doesn't say, but I guess because of the funding money for the chosen winners of the 1st round of the competition.

By mth

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02-11-2021, 23:31

After Metal Gear Survive and Contra Rogue Corps, it's probably better that they leave it to third parties to create new games in classic Konami series.

Personally, I'm more interested in games from ex-Konami developers (Bloodstained) and fans (La Mulana, UnMetal) that carry the DNA of the old games we love even if they don't carry the name.

By S0urceror

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03-11-2021, 21:20

We should be able to organize ourselves with a Japanese member of this forum to get our brilliant ideas across.